Nelson Leader : March 28th 2013
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Huawei Ascend Y201 Handset only RRP $159 500MB Shared Data All You NeedText* 160 Carryover Minutes upfront on a $29 CarryoverTM Plan, with a 24 month term. $0 Huawei Ascend W1 & Xbox 360® + Kinect Handset only RRP $299 1.25GB Shared Data All You NeedText* 450 Carryover Minutes upfront on a $69 CarryoverTM Plan, with a 24 month term. $0 $ FREE Xbox 360® + Kinect offer ends 31 March 2013 Beer part of love affair with Nelson Two minutes w ith... Beer man: Mic Dover enjoys a pint in his pub The Free House. Photo: MATT LAWREY If you've been at an event involving craft beer in Nelson over the last decade there is a good chance Mic Dover had some- thing to do with it. A self-described beer entre- preneur'' Mic and his business partner Eelco Boswijk run Marchfest and co-own The Free House. They are also the people behind the Dead Good range of beers. Mic had careers in the music and IT industries in Britain before coming to New Zealand with his family and falling in love with Nelson 12 years ago. The Dovers promptly returned to England, sold up and emi- grated. When Mic isn't dreaming up new ideas of things to do with beer, he loves playing football, listening to music, reading and writing the occasional play. This week Mic took some time out from organising the 6th Marchfest for a chat with The Leader. Congratulations on making it to number 6. How much has Marchfest grown over the years? In 2008 we had just four brew- eries: Mussel Inn, Founders, Tas- man -- which became Sprig and Fern -- and Townshend's. This year we've got 15, including those first four. It's a huge leap in six years. Why is Marchfest in April? Well, the region's hop pickers get more time to get the hop har- vest in and be free to come to the event and the Munich Oktober- Fest takes place in September, so it's not that weird really. In the past some people have found Marchfest's queues a challenge. What are you doing about that? We're going to have four extra bars and about 20 extra staff and double the number of taps. We've also got some new bar technology from the UK to speed up the serv- ing of beer. Is there a typical Marchfes- ter? The people who go to Marchfest are all very different. There's no Marchfest stereotype. You get the beer geeks, you get people there for the music, you get people there for the educational stuff. We also get people who came the first year when it was torrential rain and see themselves as dedicated Marchfest people. Some beer festivals just get beer geeks. Do you get many out-of- towners? About 40 per cent don't come from Nelson. I think the reason we get so many out-of-towners is that it's a unique to Nelson event. What do you like about it? What I love is it's the event that I want to go to as a punter. What I hate about it is that I can't go to it because I have to work. That sounds like the origins of The Free House. Didn't you start it because your dream Nelson pub didn't exist? That's true but luckily now there are other pubs in Nelson apart from the Free House where I can go for a quiet drink. Does it ever worry you that alcohol can be a dangerous drug? It does sometimes but I see very little evidence of alcohol abuse at The Free House or Marchfest. It makes me think we're getting the host responsibility mix right. What do you think others in the business could be doing better? I think if all pubs treated the sale of alcohol in the same way airlines treat safety, so that the bottom line came second to cus- tomer wellbeing, New Zealand would be a much better place. Speaking of this part of the world, are you still in love with it? Absolutely. I'm going back to the UK in June for the third time in three years and each time I come back Nelson seems like a better and better place to live. What do you think would make it even better? A political swing back to the centre. I'd like to see New Zealand go back to having a government that thinks the environment is just as important as economic development, not less important. If you were a beer what would you be? I'd be a real ale. I'd be a session ale that you can drink more of before you get too merry. I'd be a summer ale. I'd be a little bit of Britain that you can experience in Nelson -- just like me. Finally, what's one thing not a lot of people know about you? I was once signed to Atlantic Records and I had a song writing and publishing deal with Warner Bros and I never made a cent out of either of them.
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